FY 2005 Grant Awards:
Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Birmingham International Festival
To support school performances by the Mariachi Tequila Band and the Grupo Folklorico Dancers. Artists will perform and then meet with K-12 students, including those of Mexican descent, to explain traditional instruments, dance, songs, and poetry.
Kentuck Museum Association, Inc.
To support pottery programs at the 33rd annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts. This project will initiate an Alabama Traditions component of the Festival, featuring artists whose families have included traditional folk potters, or who work in traditional styles. The potters will provide demonstrations at the Festival and in schools for students, K-6.
Rural Members Association Inc.
To support the Freedom Creek Blues Festival in rural Alabama. Musician Willie King and the Alabama Blues Project will select local, national, and international artists to perform in the seventh annual concert.
Young Arts Arizona Ltd.
To support art therapy workshops for detained youth. Artist Robert Miley will conduct workshops, and direct youth in the creation of murals in gyms at juvenile detention centers.
Fort Smith Symphony Association, Inc.
Fort Smith, AR
To support Earthquake concerts for students in the sixth grade. These free concerts will feature a new work by guest composer Dr. Michael Schelle.
Ozark Foothills Filmfest, Inc.
Locust Grove, AR
To support the T Tauri Film Festival for filmmakers age 18 and under. Participants will have their works screened and judged competitively, and take part in workshops in film basics and more specialized topics, such as music for film.
Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, Inc.
San Jose, CA
To support a dance concert by Indian American choreographers. Dancers/choreographers Kumar and Prakash and their respective companies will present new and traditional dances, as well as create and present a collaborative piece.
Arab American Congress of Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
To support the ninth annual Arab Film Festival. Promotions will focus on increasing Arab American audiences, as well as reaching non-Arab film-goers.
Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County
To support developing and maintaining various communications tools that promote the arts in Contra Costa County. The project will increase the visibility of local artists and arts organizations, and enhance outreach to underserved communities of Contra Costa County.
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
San Francisco, CA
To support the eighth annual United States of Asian American Festival. Asian American artists will present traditional and contemporary events in various artistic disciplines, including a Hawaiian music and dance performance, and films by South Asian Muslim filmmakers.
San Francisco, CA
To support the ninth annual piNoisepop Festival, an Asian and Filipino American music festival. Bands from the entire United States will perform original music of various genres, from folk to rock and hip-hop.
Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay
Palos Verdes Pen, CA
To support a concert featuring violinist Tamaki Kawakubo. Kawakubo, who grew up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, has since won numerous international competitions.
Collage Dance Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
To support the Breed Street Shul Project, a site-specific performance in an abandoned synagogue. Incorporating movement, music, video and fiber art, the project will explore the nature of a sacred site, and will address boundaries between cultures, and the layering of past and present within the immigrant community.
Epic Arts Foundation
To support collaborative events and programs promoting the Ashby Arts District, including a summer street festival. Planned activities include the production of an arts calendar and Web site, as well as artist forums and multi-venue showcases that will increase public awareness of the arts in the district, and bring vitality to a traditionally underserved community.
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
To support a new choral work by guest composer Dr. Rosephayne Powell, to be presented at the Spring Family Concert. Outreach efforts will target African American and Latino families with little access to music programs.
Kearny Street Workshop, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To support the Unsung Opera Project, a multimedia visual arts exhibition about the legacy of Chinese Opera with associated readings, panel discussions, and catalogue. Robert Hsiang (photographer), Genny Lim (poet), and Nancy Hom (visual artist) will present their perspectives on the role of Chinese Opera in sustaining the immigrant community.
San Francisco, CA
To support the production of Sons, Young Pilipino Men Speak, a multidisciplinary representation of stories about growing up in California. Lead artist Jaime Jacinto will oversee the writing and creative phase, and Loy Arcenas will direct.
Museum of Children's Art
To support a public water sculpture that will illustrate the ecosystems of northern California. Guest artist Gregory Gavin will collaborate with children and adults on the creation of Swan's Waterworks.
San Francisco, CA
To support the 13th annual October Russian Music Festival. Free noontime solo and chamber ensemble performances will survey Russian musical traditions.
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
Nevada City, CA
To support the third annual North Columbia Folklife Festival. The festival will focus on the cultural traditions of one of the ethnic groups in California, and offer a variety of performances, and arts and crafts.
To support a tour of The Guests, a music drama based on an Iranian folktale. The performances of this parable of peace, set to an original score, will be presented in state and community colleges in California, and include pre-show discussions by the librettist, Iranian novelist Shahrnush Parsipur.
Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
To support Demonstration Performances, a series of one-hour demonstrations by renowned artists for underserved youth, K-12. These free events will reach approximately 25,000 students each year.
Sierra Repertory Theatre, Inc.
To support a production of King Lear. The project includes creating a video diary of the production process, and study guides to use as educational tools.
Slavonic Cultural Center
San Francisco, CA
To support the fifth annual Bulgarian Music and Dance Festival. The festival will offer master classes in traditional dance and vocal music, and an evening concert featuring Bay Area ensembles and soloists.
City of Delta, Colorado (Council Tree Pow Wow & Cultural Festival)
To support the Council Tree Pow Wow & Cultural Festival. The festival presents an opportunity to share American Indian dancing, singing, drumming, and visual arts by both local artisans and others from throughout the United States.
High Plains Environmental Center
To support Nature's Eye, a series of photography workshops and seminars, including a juried exhibition and associated publication. Regional photographers will instruct adults and students in nature photo techniques, culminating in a publication and an exhibition.
OpenStage Theatre & Company
Fort Collins, CO
To support the Mythologica radio series. The series will be an original dramatization of myths and legends from around the globe, produced by volunteer Colorado artists, and broadcast on community public radio stations. CD sets will also be distributed free to agencies and libraries that support the blind residents of Colorado.
To support the co-commissioning and the Denver production of a chamber opera with Hispanic themes by Robert Rodriguez. Outreach efforts will focus on attracting Hispanic audiences, and will include a tour to schools in the Denver metro area.
Chamber Music PLUS, Inc.
To support the Heritage Enrichment Program of performances celebrating African and Latin heritage. Productions using theater and live chamber music will highlight the Harlem Renaissance, and the lives of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Inc.
To support the production and promotion of the Guitar Under The Stars Festival. This music festival along the Connecticut River in Hartford features guitar soloists and ensembles from a variety of musical styles, and will include classical guitarist Daniel Salazar.
Learning Corridor Corp. (Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts)
To support performances, workshops, and master classes related to the classical arts of India. Dancers and musicians of the Nrityagram Dance Company will conduct master classes for students from Hartford colleges, and perform at matinees in public schools, and in public venues in the Greater Hartford area.
Delaware Music School
To support the Butterfly Lovers Concerto. Produced and directed by concert violinist Xiang Gao, the multimedia production recreates a popular ancient Chinese fairytale using piano accompaniment, a violin solo, a synchronized visual presentation, and a dramatic reading.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company
To support residencies and an Indian Dance Festival featuring workshops, lectures, performances, and community events. Visiting artists from India will collaborate with artists from the United States in creating new evening-length works of music and dance to be presented during the festival.
George Washington University
To support writing workshops hosted by a variety of community organizations. Workshops will train writers to teach a short story class to underserved communities.
ACA of Central Florida, Inc. (Asian Cultural Association)
To support An Evening of Indian Music. The concert, that will draw an audience from throughout Central Florida, will feature international performers Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain, leading performers of the traditional India instruments of santoortabla.
Aequalis, Inc. (Core Ensemble)
Lake Worth, FL
To support a series of performances of the new chamber music theater work Ain't I a Woman! Featuring guest artist-actress Kim Hines, the work is based on the lives of renowned African American women and features music from four periods in African American history.
Arts Association of Lake County, Inc. (PALS)
To support a marketing campaign. A marketing firm will be selected to develop a public awareness campaign, with collateral materials and media placement highlighting the importance and value of local arts.
Broward Public Library Foundation
Fort Lauderdale, FL
To support the Pan African Bookfest and Cultural Conference. Project activities will include panels, workshops, and readings featuring African Diaspora-centered literature and the arts that will be held in a predominately African American and Haitian community.
Florida A & M University
To support Jamaican Oral Expression: Dub Poetry and Folk Philosophy. This project includes performances, workshops, and discussions led by visiting poets and scholars that will explore Jamaican folklife and its tradition of poetry performance.
Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
To support the German Reflections concert. Guest violinist Jennifer Koh will perform in a concert devoted to the music of Beethoven, Berg, and Brahms.
Lake Worth, FL
To support a series of performances in various care facilities in Palm Beach County. Artists of all disciplines will perform in veterans hospitals and cancer clinics, rehabilitation centers, pediatric wards, and shelters, for individuals who are unable to attend regular performance venues.
Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics Inc. (Shands Arts in Medicine)
To support the AIM for the Arts performance series, which brings artists to perform at Shands Hospital. In addition to performances in the hospital atrium by Woven Harmony, Scrap Arts Music, and Dan Zanes, this project will include interactive presentations in clinical areas with patients, visitors, and staff.
Tampa Bay Symphony Incorporated
Redington Shores, FL
To support concerts with guest violinist Ani Kavafian. The concert will tour to Clearwater and St. Petersburg, in addition to being presented in Tampa.
Ybor City Museum Society, Inc.
To support designs for adaptive reuse of the Oliva Cigar Factory, as well as a plan for integrating the site into the surrounding state park. Designs and installation of signage to highlight the park district will also be completed.
Albany Symphony Association, Inc.
To support A Symphony of Brotherhood, presented in collaboration with the City of Albany in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. The program will include a performance of African American composer Alexander Miller's "Let Freedom Ring," with narration from King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Previous narrators have included Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, and James Earl Jones.
Community Housing Resource Center, Inc.
To support an archeological survey, workshops, and schematic designs for permanent art installations associated with the preservation of the historic Mt. Olive Cemetery. A memorial and sequence of art installations will be designed to honor the oral histories of African American families of Macedonia Park and this 130-year old cemetery.
Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, Inc.
To support the development of a Campus Master Plan for the Cultural Arts Center. The Council will work with the architectural firm of Lord, Aeck & Sargent to create a comprehensive plan for the property, which is located in Douglasville's historic district.
Horizon Theatre Company, Inc.
To support the seventh annual New South Play Festival. Over seven weeks, festival events include fully staged productions, workshops leading to staged readings of new plays, and the New South Young Playwrights laboratory for writers aged 18-25.
Kennesaw State University
To support an exhibition of the installations of contemporary artist Chen Zhen, and related educational programs. The exhibition will provide students and visitors with an understanding of an influential cross-cultural artist, and opportunities for outreach to area schools with economically and ethnically diverse populations.
VSA arts of Georgia, Inc.
To support significant expansion of StageHands, a theatrical sign language interpreting program. In addition to providing interpreters at performances, this project will train new interpreters in the specific skills required for signing theatrical productions.
Hawaii Alliance for Arts in Education
To support the expansion of First Fridays arts events. By adding performing artists on the streets of the gallery tour, and providing an early evening family activity in a neighborhood park, this project will attract additional visitors to the museums, galleries, cafes, and other venues involved in First Fridays events.
To support travel, supplies, and fees for artisans conducting workshops that focus on the making of implements, clothing, and adornments for traditional hula dance as part of the Ka 'Aha Hula 'O Halauaola, a cultural festival and conference. The festival will bring together many renowned kuma hula and cultural practitioners for workshops and performances that will perpetuate an understanding of Hawaiian culture and its signature dance form.
African American Arts Alliance of Chicago
To support Black Arts Month, a multidisciplinary festival featuring local arts organizations. Participating organizations include Muntu Dance Theater, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, and the Black Ensemble Theater.
Chicago Composers Forum
To support the Fresh Ink concert series. The concerts will take place at venues in Humboldt Park, Eugene Field Park and Chicago-Hamilton Park.
Chicago Moving Company
To support the Other Dance Festival 2005. The two-week concert series, held at the Hamlin Park Studio Theater, will feature Chicago contemporary dance artists and companies.
Friends of Community Public Art
To support the design and production of plaques and postcards that interpret and promote public art works in Joliet, Illinois. The plaques will be installed adjacent to the public artworks, and the postcards, with photography by Kathleen Scarboro, will be distributed to area schools, libraries, and the FCPA gallery. The aim of the Interpretative Material Project is to enhance awareness and civic pride.
Innocent Eyes and Lenses
Oak Park, IL
To support the 10th annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, a series of events highlighting local, national, and international musicians. Artists will include pianist/composer Jon Jang, violinist/composer Jason Kao Hwang, saxophonist/composer Francis Wong, and pianist/vocalist Yoko Noge.
To support a holiday concert tour of Polish music and carols in the Midwest. The concerts in Chicago, Dearborn, and Pittsburgh will include Polish Christmas carols, as well as folk dancing and singing, and a guest pianist who will perform Chopin.
Near NorthWest Arts Council
To support the publication of a guide on how to build artists' communities, using the Acme Artists Community mixed-use condo and commercial development as a model for sustainable artists's space. The publication will outline a variety of legal, design, financial, and other issues to consider in creating affordable space for artists and arts organizations.
Western Illinois University
To support the Western Illinois University Jazz Festival and the Macomb Al Sears Jazz Festival. The WIU Festival includes a series of master classes and competitions for students, as well as public performances, and the Macomb Al Sears Festival offers performances interspersed with educational activities.
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association
Notre Dame, IN
To support an arts-in-education residency featuring the Fry Street Quartet. The Quartet will present interactive community and educational programs in northern Indiana community centers, libraries, museums, and schools, with a focus on Title I elementary students in the S.A.M. I Am early readers classes.
Legion Arts, Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA
To support presentations by visual, music, and theater artists in community settings around Cedar Rapids. Artists who reflect selected cultural traditions will collaborate with local museums as well as with schools, housing agencies, and social service organizations to engage the citizens of the diverse local neighborhood.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra Association
Cedar Falls, IA
To support presentations of A Viennese Treat, a concert program featuring pianist Wendy Chen as a guest artist. The concert will be performed in Cedar Falls and in rural Oelwein, where residents have little opportunity to hear live classical music. High school band students will be integrated into the performance.
Lucas Arts and Humanities Council, Inc.
To support the commission and installation of public sculptures and a mural. The project's goals are to increase the community's awareness of grassroots artwork that incorporates recycled materials, and to encourage cultural tourism in the region.
Van Go Mobile Arts, Inc.
To support Summer Benchmark, an ongoing apprenticeship program for at-risk youth to learn design, painting, and life skills. Lead artist Cathy Ledeker will teach basic visual art skills to teens, ages 14-18, who will paint benches commissioned by city businesses and individuals.
Covington Community Center, Inc.
To support a marketing study regarding the adaptive reuse of a historic building. The Marx Building, a 50,000 square foot building in downtown Covington, is under consideration as the anchor for the city's planned arts district and would include artist live/work spaces, a gallery, a cafe, and arts-related retail space.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Inc.
To support Shadow Sign Interpreters, and other costs for free performances of Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. Shadow interpreters rehearse and perform next to actors during production, allowing deaf or hearing-impaired spectators to focus on the stage action rather than splitting their attention with separate signing interpreters.
Stringbean Memorial, Inc. (Stringbean Festival)
Gray Hawk, KY
To support School Days educational activities associated with the fall mountain music festival. Musicians and teachers will develop curricula connections, demonstrations by artists performing at the festival, and other hands-on activities for third to fifth grade students in a rural, economically distressed region of Kentucky.
Portland Maine Symphony Orchestra
To support the presentation of Beethoven Lives Upstairs, a children's concert and story about Beethoven's creative process. Teacher guides will help integrate the concert into the existing curriculum and provide suggestions for post-concert activities.
Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Inc.
To support Music on the Mountain, a classical music festival. In addition to a week of concerts, some of which feature guest artists, small ensembles will travel to the Amish/Mennonite community, master classes will be conducted, and a recording for radio broadcast will be distributed.
Kids on the Hill, Inc.
To support various art projects for youth aged 8-18. Youth will develop animated videos about the civil rights movement, create murals and other public art to beautify depressed neighborhoods, and fabricate marketable products, such as bumper stickers and greeting cards, to foster positive messages about the Reservoir Hill community.
Museum for Contemporary Arts, Inc. (Contemporary Museum)
To support a collaboration between artist Sanford Biggers, the Douglas Memorial Community Church gospel choir, and the UMBC Gamelan that will include a public peformance and a video installation piece. Through this collaboration, the artist will explore social, religious, and aesthetic commonalities between African American and Javanese/Balinese traditions.
Henry Lee Willis Community Center
To support the eighth annual African American Festival. In addition to music and dance performances, and workshops in mask-making and hip-hop, the festival will feature an exhibition, Enslavement in the Americas, that will include artifacts and family histories from the local community.
North Adams, MA
To support the Writing & Community Renewal series. Poet Mary Oliver, essayist Verlyn Kinkenborg, and story writer Jane Yolen will participate variously in readings, master classes, and walking tours of North Adams's downtown.
South Hadley, MA
To support expanded outreach including master classes, ticket subsidies, educational materials, demographic research, and other promotional activities. This project will develop new audiences for the Summer Festival Series, the Young Artist Series, and the master classes.
Touchable Stories, Inc.
To support development of a public art installation, a maze that incorporates soundtracks of stories recorded by community members. Artists will collect and organize personal histories that relate to issues and concerns of the predominantly African American neighborhood of Lower Roxbury .
Centro da Tribo Afro Bahiana de Capoeira Angola Tradicional
To support a series of Capoeira Angola workshops, classes, and lectures with visiting master artists. The project will focus on techniques on this particular form of Afro-Brazilian dance and music through the instruction of masters Boca Rica and Joao Pequeno from Bahia, Brazil.
Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, Inc.
To support the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, featuring nationally recognized artists in the field of literature, dance, visual arts, music, and storytelling. Now in its 12th year, the festival will take place in Dowagiac in Cass County, Michigan, a rural community of 6,000 and will include educational activites for children and adults.
Ironwood Theatre Preservation Committee
To support the Youth Art Series, consisting of performances and workshops for rural Michigan elementary school children. Artists include BC2 Acapella choral singers and pianist Andrea Anderson.
Jefferson East, Inc. (Jefferson East Business Association)
To support the Jazzin' on Jefferson street festival. The festival will feature local professional and youth jazz and blues performers, and will include regional arts and crafts.
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
To support the 10th annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Panel sessions, readings, art demonstrations, and a catalogue will accompany the exhibition of work by Michigan prisoners organized by the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP).
City of Red Wing, Minnesota
Red Wing, MN
To support the creation of an informational kiosk, and the installation of architectural lighting for the Sheldon Theatre. Built in 1904, the restored Sheldon Theatre is a historic landmark in southeastern Minnesota, and serves as a primary cultural venue for the local community and region.
Duluth Superior Symphony Association (Duluth Superior Symphony)
To support a residency and youth orchestra concert with visiting artist, Midori. Student musicians from surrounding communities of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada will come to Duluth to create a youth orchestra that will perform with celebrated violin soloist Midori, who will be in residence with the orchestra prior to the performance.
Midway Contemporary Art
St. Paul, MN
To support an exhibition of video projects by Omer Fast. The project will include a publication about Mr. Fast's work.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association
To support Free Concerts for Seniors. Seniors will be bused to sites for free concerts outdoors, up to two of which will feature soprano Elisabeth Comeaux.
Rural America Arts Partnership
To support the production of a musical based on novelist Jon Hassler's book, Rookery Blues. Sally Childs will adapt the work for the stage. This project includes a writing contest based on Hassler's characters.
St. Cloud Civic Orchestra Association
St. Cloud, MN
To support performances by the orchestra. Concerts will include the premiere of a work by David Wolff, a Mozart concerto featuring guest artist horn-player Michael Gast, two concerts of classics for kids, and additional performances in a neighboring community.
Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a concert featuring guest artist saxophonist Harry White. In addition to the public concert, the project includes free discussions with Mr. White and the conductor, a public dress rehearsal, and a master class at the local high school.
Meridian Symphony Association, Inc.
To support a pre-Valentine's Day concert of music by German Romantics. The concert will feature guest violinist J. Patrick Rafferty and violist Maggie Snyder.
Craft Alliance Education Center (Craft Alliance)
St. Louis, MO
To support the Crafting A Future. The project will include courses, one-on-one counseling, group critiques, and mentoring to develop and prepare young artists.
To support a concert and outreach activities by the Elements Quartet that will feature original music inspired by a photograph and commissioned for the project. A photograph by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison will serve as the inspiration for commissioned composer Paul Schoenfield and will be projected during the concert.
State Fair Community College
To support an exhibition of Judy Onofrio's sculptures at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. This project includes marketing costs and a lecture by Ms. Onofrio.
University of Missouri-Rolla
To support productions featuring guest artists in the Family Series/School Outreach program at the Leach Theatre. Events include Mythology by Traveling Lantern, Salt and Pepper by the Metro Theater, Michael Cooper, and A Christmas Carol.
Billings Cultural Partners
To support the creation and implementation of Westfest. Westfest is a marketing umbrella concept that positions Billings as a cultural destination that will couple cultural events and attractions with services. Nineteen arts organizations make up the Billings Cultural Partners that are participating in this collaborative effort.
Sunburst Community Service Foundation
To support performances and music instruction in K-8 schools in remote northwest Montana. Various musicians will visit Trego and Fortine schools monthly to work with classes, and give concerts and demonstrations.
Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA)
To support an exhibition, Robert Weaver: American Artist, in partnership with the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln. This project will survey Weaver's work, produce a scholarly catalogue, and conduct educational activities to accompany the exhibit.
Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation
Red Cloud, NE
To support the production of a dramatic adaptation of Willa Cather's short story, "A Singer's Romance." James E. Ford will write and direct, and mezzo-soprano Ariel Bybee will perform the leading role.
Community College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
To support a festival of new music. This project includes a comprehensive opening concert and recitals by individual artists in subsequent days.
Northern Forest Center, Inc.
To support the printing, marketing, and distribution of free copies of the HandMade in the Northern Forest Guidebook throughout northern New Hampshire. The guidebook and associated marketing will raise awareness of the region's contemporary and traditional artisans.
Center for Modern Dance Education
To support the World Rhythm dance project. Project activities will include workshops, after-school dance classes, a day-long festival, and a performance at the Park Performing Arts Center.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc.
Fort Lee, NJ
To support The Year of the Rooster, a touring festival celebrating the Chinese New Year. The Nai-Ni Chinese Dance Company will provide a new year festival in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey, in collaboration with the Chinese music ensemble, Melody of the Dragon.
Trenton Downtown Association, Inc.
To support promotional activities for the Trenton cultural district, and for arts activities taking place there. This project will support the production of banners in front of cultural venues, three mural projects, reprinting the Art Walk guide, creating an Internet arts clearinghouse, and promoting events such as the Trenton Film Festival, Open Studios, and First Fridays Art Fairs.
Carlsbad Irrigation District
To support the Light the Flume project. A professional design and lighting installation will illuminate a national historic landmark, the Carlsbad Flume, located in the northwest gateway to the City of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Santa Fe, NM
To support the presentation of the fifth annual Nuestra Musica, a performance of traditional New Mexico musical styles and contemporary interpretations. In addition to the regular public performance, up to two special presentations will be free to local schoolchildren.
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Santa Fe, NM
To support Celebracion de Musica Hispanica, a tour of old and new Hispanic choral music. In addition to the performances, a CD and study guide will be distributed to middle and high schools, and to community groups in Santa Fe.
American Opera Projects, Inc.
To support the development and world premiere of Jorge Martin's Before Night Falls. Based on the novel by Reinaldo Arenas, the opera tells the story of the Cuban poet and is a full-length opera in two acts scored for a chamber orchestra, soloists, and a chorus.
Arm-of-the-Sea Productions (Arm-of-the-Sea Theater)
To support the creation of a site-specific outdoor performance, the Esopus Creek Puppet Suite. The suite will pay homage to migrant farm workers in the Hudson Valley, and will be developed through a series of workshops and residencies that the theater will conduct with members of migrant farm work families.
Burchfield-Penney Art Center
To support Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Art in Western New York State. The project will feature works by Cuban American artists, and explore how each of the artists places an emphasis on either side of the hyphen that defines their multicultural identities.
Catskill Mountain Foundation Inc.
To support the Mountain Culture Festival. The annual two and a half-day event celebrates the mountain cultures of the Catskills, and other mountain regions of the world through film, music, arts, and crafts.
Dance Ventures Ltd. (Tappan Zee Dance Group)
To support design planning for the adaptive reuse of a building as a performing arts facility. Tarrytown, in common with a number of Hudson River villages, is currently seeking to reclaim or renew its waterfront after decades of industrial use. Dance Ventures intends to contract Kostow Greenwood Architects to create plans for the renovation of the found space.
Eldridge Street Project, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the promotion and production of the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival. Held at the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue in Chinatown, the festival celebrates Chinese and Eastern European Jewish traditions and art forms, including the presentation of traditional languages, music, dance, and visual arts.
Long Island Traditions Inc.
Port Washington, NY
To support a series of community presentations and concerts featuring traditional artists to complement artists' residencies in the schools. In an effort to make entire families aware of local culture, Latino and Trinidadian musicians, Native and African-American folklorists, and maritime craftsmen will describe and perform traditional arts.
Music Journeys, Inc.
To support week-long artist residencies in schools in and around Syracuse, and associated community concerts. The project targets budget-strapped, largely urban school districts where minority youth have little exposure to, or participation in, live music.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center
To support a series of events celebrating the musical legacy of Leonard Bernstein. Activities will include a performance by the Empire State Youth Orchestra, a dance program choreographed by Ellen Sinopoli set to new arrangements of the composer's music by clarinetist Don Byron, an original play about Bernstein by the Siti Theatre Company, and concerts by pianists Bill Charlap and Findlay Cockrell.
Place in History
To support Long Island City Grounded: Public Art in Context. Selected through a juried competition, the installations will address neighborhood issues and engage the local population.
Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Harlem's Riverside State Park, and acting workshops for local youth. Community actors/technicians will participate in the production and workshops that instruct youth in theater.
New York, NY
To support a concert of works by African-American composer David Hurd. This project includes a new piece, as well as a retrospective of Hurd's music.
Syracuse Opera Company, Inc.
To support a matinee performance of The Barber of Seville for middle and high school students. This project allows youth to experience an abridged version of the opera, with full production elements, at no cost.
YMCA of Greater Syracuse
To support public readings and creative writing workshops at the Downtown Writer's Center. This project will increase the number of writers participating, and enhance marketing for the series.
Brevard College Corporation (Brevard College)
To support the A Little Now Music festival. The annual festival of new music presents a series of concerts, lectures, and school presentations for the residents of Brevard, North Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, Inc.
Harkers Island, NC
To support multidisciplinary presentations, including traditional music performances, at the Waterfowl Weekend. The annual event held at Harkers Island will be expanded to include greater participation by artists and craftsmen.
Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Inc.
To support An Appalachian Evening, a series of traditional entertainment and music events connected to Appalachian heritage. Preceded by a lecture or workshop by the participating artists, the events survey bluegrass and Native American music, traditional dancing, and storytelling.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
To support an exhibition of the Congo art of Taller Portobelo, and related educational activities. The project will feature a scholarly catalogue, symposium, artist residencies, a Web site, and a traditional Congo celebration.
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Elders Support Services
To support concerts by classical pianists at the Chippewa Reservation's community college, and at the University of North Dakota. Philip Thomson and Sergio Gallo are the guest artists.
Art Academy of Cincinnati
To support the creation of mosaic panels. Lead artist, Suzanne Fister, will conduct a collaborative community-based public art project through which mosaic, ceramic, and glass tile pieces will be developed for placement in community settings.
Logan County Landmark Preservation, Inc. (Holland Theatre)
To support the development of a musical based on the times of Kin Hubbard, local newspaperman and humorist. Community members will pass on stories and folklore related to turn-of-the-century residents to artists from the Mad River Theater Works, who will perform a finished work with a chorus of local volunteers.
Community Arts Project, Inc. (MLK, Jr. Performing & Cultural Arts Complex)
To support the presentation of Flow, a one-man show by Will Power. The solo performances of acclaimed hip-hop performer and writer Will Power will reach young urban and African-American audiences in Central Ohio; Mr. Power will also conduct workshops for youth groups in the community on storytelling and acting.
Near West Theatre
To support the development of architectural plans to renovate a former furniture showroom/warehouse in a blighted area of Cleveland. This project will create schematics for reusing the facility for musical theater and human services programming.
Sorg Opera Company, Inc.
To support the world premiere of the opera, A Stranger's Tale. Local community input after workshop performances will affect the process of developing the opera.
Brass Chamber Music Foundation, Inc. (Top Brass)
To support the presentation of Unsung Hero. The series of public concerts of works based on the poems of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar will be presented in African American churches throughout Dayton, Ohio.
Corvallis Arts Center (ArtCentric)
To support Alley Art, a public art project. The project includes the replication and installation of visual artworks and poems to porcelain enamel panels, as well as the development of brochures and walking tour guides documenting the public artwork.
To support the Estacada Summer Celebration. The event will include multicultural music and dance performances, as well as showcase local artists' work.
Lord Leebrick Theatre Company
To support launching a bilingual education and performance project that features a residency by Portland's Teatro Milagro, and workshops that will lead to a community-based bilingual production. The 30-year old service agency, El Centro Latino Americano, will provide assistance recruiting workshop leaders and participants, translating materials, and coordinating relationships with the Hispanic community.
Regional Arts & Culture Council
To support the Community Garden Fence. The public art piece fabricated of laser-cut metal panels includes images of plants and food, as well as quotations that reflect the similarities and differences of the ethnically diverse residents of New Columbia.
American Ballet Competition (Dance Affiliates)
To support the presentation of DanceBrazil. As part of its Dance Celebration series, Dance Affiliates will present DanceBrazil in public performance, as well in a lecture demonstration for a West Philadelphia public school.
Campus Theatre, LTD.
To support film festivals and related programming that expand the community's knowledge and appreciation of film. The week-long festivals will include feature films and guest filmmakers. Previous festivals have focused on specific cinematic genres, such as animation or documentary, or on specific national or regional cinemas, such as France, the Middle East, or the United States.
Erie Philharmonic, Inc.
To support the presentation of Heroes and Villains. This component of a three-concert series will feature a guest soloist, and will include classical and pops music that reflects the theme.
Indiana Arts Council
To support traditional music performances and workshops, community dance events, and interactive adult puppet theater productions. This project includes an enhanced marketing effort to bolster outreach, and increase community participation in the events.
Kardon Institute of the Arts Therapy
To support music and dance concerts for audiences with special needs. Arts therapists will break performances into manageable segments for individuals with reduced attention spans, as well as provide information and interactive "breaks" that will relate the performance to individuals unable to experience the arts as presented in public venues.
Pennsbury Manor (Pennsbury Society)
To support the folk and traditional arts performances at the annual Colonial Crossroads festival. This project will feature a wide variety of heritage artists, such as Swedish, Celtic, Finnish, and Irish folk singers; Irish and English country dancers; Native American dancers; puppeteers; and African instrumentalists.
Susquehanna Folk Music Society, Inc.
New Cumberland, PA
To support performances of traditional music from Ireland, Vietnam, Quebec, the Shetland Islands, and the American South, as well as related outreach activities. Artists will conduct workshops and perform in schools, a correctional institution, a nursing home, and various public venues.
To support performances featuring guest violinist Timothy Baker, and the production and marketing of a commemorative CD. Producing the CD is a new effort by Musica Dolce to raise its visibility and explore new sources for income.
Newberry Opera House Foundation, Inc. (Newberry Opera House)
To support marketing for events at the Opera House and associated tourist packages. This project will focus on working with downtown businesses to increase tourism, especially during daytime hours surrounding matinee performances.
Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society
Sioux Falls, SD
To support Jazz & Blues for Life educational activities and associated concert performances. In conjunction with three performances by different jazz artists, the Jazz & Blues Society will offer free workshops, master classes, and informational sessions for underserved and at-risk youth.
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Sioux Falls, SD
To support a performance by the Dakota Chamber Orchestra on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Nation Reservation. The tour will reach an isolated section of northeast South Dakota, and continue a tradition of visits to reservation communities.
Birthplace of Country Music Alliance
To support the addition of audio and video capabilities to the Web site of the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. The project would provide visitors to the Web site with the opportunity to listen to a short 15-30 second clip by an artist from the region.
Cultural Development Foundation of Memphis
To support performances and a master class by Regina Carter. Violinist Regina Carter and her quintet will conduct a master class for a select group of public school string students, as well as perform in concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
To support Revelations and Reflections of American Self-Taught Artists, including smaller exhibitions and related programs. The exhibit, organized by ExhibitsUSA, will be augmented by two smaller exhibits by self-taught artists, selections from the permanent collection, and a premier solo exhibition by a local self-taught artist.
Carver Development Board (Carver Community Cultural Center)
San Antonio, TX
To support performances and a week-long residency by Urban BushWomen. Residency activities will include community dance workshops, in-school master classes, and in-school lecture demonstrations.
Cine Las Americas
To support the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. The festival celebrates Latino American and Native American communities and cultures, portraying stories and myths from award-winning filmmakers like Carlos Bolado from Mexico and Hart Perry from the United States.
Denison Arts Council
To support the development and dissemination of promotional materials increasing the visibility of Denison as a cultural destination. The goal of the project is to draw visitors to Denison to experience its diverse range of visual arts activity.
Laredo Center for the Arts, Inc.
To support artist-led visual arts workshops for students in middle school. Six-month sessions include studio lessons in painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture, and tours of exhibitions at the Laredo Center for the Arts.
Rialto Community Theater, Inc.
To support the Brownfield Bluegrass Festival and a Winter Texan event. In a rural area with few other entertainment options, the Bluegrass Festival will feature country western, rock-a-billy, gospel, and bluegrass music, as well as workshops for youth and interested musicians.
Tarleton State University
To support a jazz festival, featuring composer Maria Schneider. Ms. Schneider will critique student work, rehearse the University's jazz ensemble, and teach classes to be attended by college, and junior, and senior high school students, and the community.
Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council
To support Jump, Jive and JamFest. The three-day festival celebrating Texarkana's rich heritage will showcase regional and national artists for the benefit of audiences drawn from both Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana, Arkansas.
Bad Dog Rediscovers America
Salt Lake City, UT
To support the Mosaic Studio Experience. In partnership with the Children's Museum of Utah, a full size mosaic mural will be created and installed at the museum location at the downtown Salt Lake City Gateway shopping center.
Moab Music Festival, Inc.
To support the 13th annual fall music festival. International artists will present classical, folk, and popular music for two weeks. This project will focus on pianists Paul Hersh and John Musto, and bluegrass musician Paul Woodiel.
Orchestra of Southern Utah
Cedar City, UT
To support a festival celebrating the Hispanic, Paiute, and pioneer heritage of the area through music and native dance. Guest artist pianist/composer Marshall McDonald and Paiute tribal dancers will perform an original work in school assemblies and public concerts, and Mr. McDonald will conduct a master class for musicians.
Salt Lake Arts Council Foundation
Salt Lake City, UT
To support Living Traditions: A Celebration of Salt Lake's Folk and Ethnic Arts. The three-day festival will present the music, dance, and crafts of Salt Lake Valley's ethnic communities, will include an education component, and is expected to draw an audience of up to 40,000.
Boat People S.O.S., Inc.
Falls Church, VA
To support the 30th Anniversary Mid-Autumn Festival. The event will feature traditional Vietnamese dance and music performances, as well as workshops where traditional and folk artists will offer training in their various art forms for the benefit of residents of Louisville, Kentucky with particular interest in the nearly 3,000 Vietnamese refugees and immigrants that have resettled there.
Dumas Drama Guild, Inc.
To support the development of an original play and accompanying music based on the Melungeon culture. The project will raise awareness of the Melungeons (persons of mixed ancestry of both Northern European and Mediterranean white, Black, and American Indian, many of whom lived within Virginia and North Carolina) for the diverse population in the Shenandoah Valley.
911 Media Arts Center
To support Native Lens, a media literacy and technology program for Native American youth. Using Native American instructors, mentors, and collaborators, the program teaches self-determination through artistic expression for youth living on reservations along the I-5 corridor in Washington state.
Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council
Bainbridge Isl., WA
To support a cultural facilities site feasibility study. Three sites will be re-examined as potential sites for the planned cultural center in downtown Winslow, for the benefit of the residents of Bainbridge Island, with a population of more than 21,000.
To support the Vietnamese Writers' Block. In advance of the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and the first wave of Vietnamese immigrants to the US, writers workshops and a public reading will celebrate the immigrant writing community.
Methow Music Festival Association
To support the tenth annual Methow Music Festival. Over nine days, performances featuring professional musicians and ensembles will reach audiences in the rural, north-central portion of the state.
Whatcom Film Association
To support the Traveling Pickford Show, which will bring bilingual, children's, and classic films to underserved populations in the area. Facilitated by a truck with a portable screen, the outdoor cinema program will be expanded to include regional schools, senior centers, and migrant camps.
Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc.
To support Young People's Concerts with guest artist, mime Dan Kamin. Participating schools in rural West Virginia will receive teachers guides and CDs to develop interest in the concerts.
Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Inc.
To support the Laughing Bodies, Dancing Minds residencies, including workshops and performances taking place in Wisconsin schools and senior centers. Workshops with adults and elementary school children will develop choreography based on the participants' unique stories and movements.
Wausau Dance Theatre, Incorporated
To support a production of Alice in Wonderland, and associated educational activities. In addition to performances choreographed by Derryl Yeager, project events will include explorations of the production's costume development, public readings, and tea parties designed to inform school children, families, and senior citizens about the process of creating the ballet.
Community Visual Art Association of Jackson Hole
To support Opening Our Doors. The project includes a series of exhibitions
focused on contemporary work that will celebrate the opening of the new Center
for the Arts facility.
CHALLENGE AMERICA FAST-TRACK REVIEW GRANTS: 171
CHALLENGE AMERICA FAST-TRACK REVIEW GRANTS DOLLARS: $1,710,000
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